Intergroom Attracted More Groomers This Year
Lindsey Dicken (left), Best In Show winner, accompanied by Judge Jennifer Lee (right) at Intergroom.
Intergroom, which took place in April at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J., experienced double digit growth for this year. The 2018 show, which is organized by Barkleigh Productions, attracted 2,841 groomers for a 14.9 percent attendance increase over last year making it the third largest grooming show in the world behind Barkleigh Production’s Groom Expo and Groom Expo West, according to show organizers. The show also featured more than 100 vendor booths.
Christine DeFilippo, the creator and previous owner of Intergroom, was honored at the lip-sync contest that she created. It was a heartfelt goodbye as the organization transitioned the ownership of Intergroom from DeFilippo to World Dog Entertainment, the show’s organizers said.
This year’s GroomTeam USA Sanction winners are Jackie Boulton, Joshua Morales and Angela Menard. Lindsey Dicken won Best In Show and American Best All Around at Intergroom. Nadia Bongelli took home the International Best All Around award, and Cindy Oliver dominated the Creative Grooming Competition, taking home the first-place trophy.
Groom Expo West which took place in Pasadena, Calif., at the Pasadena Convention Center in February, had an attendance increase of 10.3 percent over last year with 4,707 total attendees making it the second largest grooming show in the world next to Barkleigh Production’s Groom Expo in Hershey, Pa., according to the show’s organizers.
The Northwest Grooming Show that took place in Tacoma, Wash., in April at the Hotel Murano followed in the same footsteps with a 10.5 percent attendance increase with 1,188 groomers attending.
Barkleigh and World Dog Entertainment will host the 2019 Intergroom show April 11-14 at the Meadowlands Expo Center.